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  1. Source: The Braves don't want Damon; may start the season with Heyward on the big club

    Jan 27, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    If there was any shred of hope in the Damon-Boras camp that the Braves may pick up Johnny Damon, consider it gone. A team source tells me that the Braves discussed Damon recently, and the clear sense of the room was that (a) his arm just won’t play in the Turner Field outfield; (b) he’s…

  2. Howard Bryant: Mark McGwire is "too toxic" to return

    Jan 27, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Today’s let’s-run-Mark McGwire-out-of-town-on-a-rail tirade comes courtesy of ESPN’s Howard Bryant, who cites the overwhelming outcry from people “around the game” against Mac’s hiring as hitting coach as a reason for him to be fired or shot or tied backwards on a horse while wearing a mardi gras mask and cast out into the desert or…

  3. Report: The Yankees sign Randy Winn

    Jan 27, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports. One year deal. Sherman says it’s for that last $2 million that Johnny Damon couldn’t stoop to take. I suppose there are ways the Yankees could rub Johnny Damon and Scott Boras’ face in it more than they already have today, but I’m struggling to imagine how.  Signing Canseco, maybe?  Ruben Rivera?…

  4. Keith Law ranks the farm systems

    Jan 27, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    After Jane Austen and Alton Brown’s birthdays, today and tomorrow are the two biggest days in all of Keith Lawdom.  Tomorrow it’s his top 100 prospects. Today: ranking the farm systems.  The features are for ESPN Insider members only, but in all honesty, these are two of the features that make getting an Insider subscription…

  5. Andre Dawson is not taking the cap thing well

    Jan 27, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Ixnay, Andre, or else we’re all going to have to take back that stuff about how classy and professional you are: “The Hall clearly stated their major concern is the history of the game, and that’s what really played into their decision,” Dawson said. “I’m disappointed. I can probably say that, because Chicago was my…

  6. How about this: Damon and the Reds

    Jan 27, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    In light of this morning’s news, that moderately panicked sound you hear is Scott Boras working the phones, desperately trying to find someone that will pay Johnny Damon $2,000,001, thereby saying Boras the indignity of being totally, completely, utterly and publicly pwned by the Yankees.  Two candidates: The Reds and Tigers, according to Jerry Crasnick.…

  7. The Giants and Lincecum haven't talked yet

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports that the Giants haven’t talked to Tim Lincecum’s people about settling their arbitration case yet.  This makes no sense to me given that Lincecum’s quite reasonable $13 million demand is bound to carry the day. The math to me seems simple: the Giants can let Lincecum get his $13 million award…

  8. Is Ryan Howard more powerful than Derek Jeter?

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    I don’t mean which of those two can bench the most, I’m talking about power defined in terms of influence, appeal, marketability and money. Which of them can most easily impose their whims on we mere mortals and most expect us to do their bidding? Well neither of them can, but the people who write…

  9. Cruise with Major League greats. And Stan Bahnsen.

    Jan 27, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    All I ask is for a tall ship and a star to steer her by! Well, at least a couple stars, according to USA Today: Good news, baseball fans: MSC Cruises says it will hold another round of ‘baseball greats’ voyages next winter in the Caribbean. The seven-night, baseball-themed sailings, to be headlined by well-known…

  10. Thome is nice, but Twins still need infield help

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    As a Twins fan I’ve been hoping they’ll sign either Felipe Lopez or Orlando Hudson to play second base and hit second in the lineup, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s beat writing tag team threw some cold water on both scenarios recently. First here’s LaVelle E. Neal II on Lopez: Lopez? Scouts tell me you…

  11. The Royals get a national TV game

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Kansas City hasn’t been on Sunday Night Baseball for since 1996, but ESPN is going to televise their Sunday night game against the Angels on the Fourth of July. Your non-mutually-exclusive conspiracy theories of the day: (1) Since it’s the Fourth of July, and everyone will be out watching fireworks and stuff, ESPN figures that…

  12. The Yankees and Damon are totally splitsville

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    No matter how many times we heard the reports that the Yankees were going to stick to a budget and couldn’t give more than a couple million bucks to Johnny Damon, you always got the sense that those two kids would make it work. After all, just because the Yankees allegedly have a budget doesn’t…

  13. Sandoval is getting into playing shape

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Speaking of weight, Pablo Sandoval is back in the U.S. following a tour of the Venezuelan league that reportedly had him falling off the healthy food wagon: [Giants head trainer Dave] Groeschner feared a big weight gain in Venezuela when Sandoval was left to fend at the dinner table without the nutritional prepackaged meals he…

  14. Dodgers to Ron Belliard: be slim, or be gone

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    About that Ron Belliard deal?Yes, it’s for $825,000, and yes, the Dodgers are likely counting on Belliard to win the second base job, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, it’s not guaranteed.  But it can be:  All Belliard has to do is to weigh in at 209 or less at some point…

  15. The Mets are a mess

    Jan 27, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Unless something really ridiculous happens today I’m going to do my best to honor Bob’s voluntary cease fire on the Mets for as long as a I can. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t outsource the mocking.  Here’s Bob Klapisch: None of this is good news for the Mets’ fans, who are wondering what,…

  16. Quote of the Day: Ryan Zimmerman

    Jan 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Nats’ third baseman on the radio a few minutes ago: “There’s no way we’ll lose a hundred games again this year” I can’t decide if this is a bold statement or not. On the one hand, yes, it’s a guarantee of sorts and we live in an uncertain world. A world in which the…

  17. Tim Wakefield expects to start

    Jan 27, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The Red Sox have John Lackey, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz, but Tim Wakefield says one of them is going to have to take a back seat to him:  “I’ve been right back on track with my normal offseason routine and I don’t feel like there’s going to be any setbacks,…

  18. Dawson to enter Hall of Fame as an Expo

    Jan 27, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Our long international nightmare is over: After attending the annual B.A.T. banquet in New York Tuesday night, [Andre] Dawson sent the following text to The Tribune: “Hall will issue a press release (Wednesday) announcing that I will go in as an Expo.” While Dawson may have enjoyed more general fame as a Cub, he played…

  19. Washburn reportedly prefers either Twins or M's

    Jan 27, 2010, 12:32 AM EDT

    For those of you who have been wondering (and I know there are a lot of you out there), it appears that Jarrod Washburn will pretty much be choosing between the Mariners and Twins for his pitching home in 2010. From Jon Paul Morosi of Foxsports.com: One major-league source said Tuesday that there are “a…

  20. Cubs add Chad Tracy to bench mix

    Jan 26, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    The Cubs did a little more work Tuesday evening toward filling their bench.  According to ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine, the team will announce on Wednesday the signing of infielder Chad Tracy to a minor league contract. Tracy, 29, batted .237/.306/.389 last season with eight home runs and 39 RBI in 257 at-bats.  He’s struggled with…

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